PolkaWorks highlights unique cultural traditions through documentaries, photography and public programs designed to educate and inspire.
The name PolkaWorks honors the Texas Czech heritage of its founder, artist and filmmaker Lori Najvar. Through PolkaWorks, Lori and her team create inspirational, educational documentaries and exhibits that highlight a variety of unique cultural traditions throughout Texas. A 501c3 non-profit organization, PolkaWorks aims to capture the spirit and character of diverse individuals and their communities.
One of PolkaWorks’ most successful ventures to date is the Texas Auctioneer Project. Its initial element was the traveling exhibit Going, Going, Gone! that has been showcased at the Texas State Capitol, Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives, Texas Folklore Society, Texas Auction Academy, Texas Auctioneer Association, county fairs and trade shows, and the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Project’s most recent addition is the documentary film The Grove, Texas, the true story of a cowboy collector who bought a ghost town, lovingly filled it with Western memorabilia for more than thirty years, and then sold it all in a spectacular auction.
Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition, a multi-media exhibit, that highlights Czech traditions still practiced today, is circulating throughout the state. The latest PolkaWorks project in production is Saddle Up—Youth Rodeos and Tradition.